“Days before the Easter break, our new Queensland Labor government quietly introduced legislation that would remove the requirement for voters to provide ID before voting in state and local government elections,” FamilyVoice Queensland state director Geoffrey Bullock said today. “The Queensland media have not reported it. I have only just found out about this disturbing move.
“FamilyVoice Australia has strongly supported the ID requirement, to prevent voter fraud. Without ID, it would be easy for someone to cast a vote in the name of another person. The fraudster cannot be traced.
“These days, providing ID is often routine. A driver’s licence, rates notice, electricity bill or some other identifying document is needed to open a bank account, withdraw money, join a library, travel by plane, or post an overseas parcel.
“So why is removing the voter ID requirement such a priority for the new Labor state government? I cannot help wondering,” Geoffrey Bullock said.
The Queensland parliamentary Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee is investigating the Electoral and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 , but just two days remain for making a submission.
The deadline for submissions is 4 pm, Friday 10 April.
“Queenslanders can send a brief email to firstname.lastname@example.org to explain their concerns,” Geoffrey Bullock said.
Full details are available at http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-committees/committees/LACSC/inquiries/current-inquiries/01-ElectoralOLAB15
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